July 7, 2014 |
One day back in October 2012, Stokes Carrigan and Diane Carter were sitting in their part-time home - a cattle ranch in Mundubbera, Australia - watching television. They were looking at images of a marauder named Sandy wreaking havoc on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Theirs was more than a passing interest: The focus of the report was on their other hometown, Beach Haven, N.J. Carrigan and Carter had moved to Beach Haven in 2009, after years of summering there. They divide their time between Long Beach Island and Carter's native Australia.
July 4, 2014 |
Unseasonably warm ocean temperatures, mostly sunny weekends, and pent-up feelings that linger from the bitter winter have launched a successful start to the summer season at the Jersey Shore. That's the sense many business owners, tourism officials, lifeguards, beach-tag sellers, and Realtors get after assessing the beach crowds that have materialized so far, two years after Sandy. They also expect the July Fourth weekend to continue the good fortune and boost the outlook for the rest of the summer.
June 29, 2014 |
WILDWOOD - LuLu the Labrador arrived with a bounding in her step formerly reserved for Devil's Pool in the Wissahickon. Here was a new treat: a boardwalk smelling of pizza, a long walk in the sand, and an ocean, whose salt water she immediately and regrettably lapped up and whose waves she startled from. Hours later, LuLu was whipped. Fur and nostrils filled with sand, panting, having had the quintessential Jersey Shore experience: chastised by the lifeguards for breaking one of a sign full of regulations in place on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, when her owner let go of her leash in the surf.
June 24, 2014 |
SEA GIRT, N.J. - The Coasties in the watchtower of the Sea Girt Lighthouse could see the bright flash and hear the massive explosion. Seven miles offshore, the Standard Oil tanker R.P. Resor had been hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat and was taking on water. Two members of the crew survived and 47 died on the night World War II came to the Jersey Shore - just three months after the Pearl Harbor attack. The strike was a wake-up call for the U.S. War Department in late February 1942 and is still remembered by some Shore residents, said Bill Dunn, historian and author of a new book, Sea Girt Lighthouse - The Community Beacon.
June 23, 2014 |
Another Jersey Shore reader has weighed in on the effects of sea air on air-conditioning systems, and his experience makes him one of the frontline experts I've been seeking. Adam Cerbone of Windsor, Conn., has - "had," he added in his e-mail - a house on the beach block at Ortley Beach that is being rebuilt because Hurricane Sandy dumped 42 inches of water into it, causing it to float "like a little ship. " In an earlier column, I discussed various models designed for use in coastal locations, and Cerbone "specified the Carrier coastal model of air-conditioning condenser" I'd mentioned.
June 22, 2014 |
The Burlington County players and coaches gathered in the left-field seats at Citizens Bank Park to say goodbye for the last time. Despite a 2-0 loss to pitching-strong Jersey Shore in Friday's championship game of the 29th annual Carpenter Cup Classic, there was a mostly upbeat vibe about the team's run in the prestigious baseball showcase. "This was a great group," said Nick Corbi, a second baseman from Shawnee. "To become friends with these guys in a short period of time, I feel very fortunate.
June 22, 2014 |
AS AREA FAMILIES lather on the sunscreen, pack up the car and head down the Shore, one consideration that isn't always made is where the beach bums will go for spiritual guidance on Sunday. But St. Brendan the Navigator - a Catholic institution that's had various incarnations for more than 100 years - has cornered the market for summertime worship on Seven Mile Island (shared by Avalon and Stone Harbor), according to Joanne Schwarzwalder, the parish business administrator. Who we are: "A seashore parish isn't much different from a parish in the city or suburbs," Schwarzwalder said.
June 21, 2014 |
Hours before graduating from Cinnaminson High, Christian DeLuca enjoyed a solid showing at the plate in his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park. The centerfielder went 3 for 3 and scored two runs Thursday to help lift Burlington County to a 6-5 victory over Suburban One League National/Bicentennial in the semifinals of the 29th annual Carpenter Cup Classic baseball tournament. "I was a little nervous coming here, but it was a great experience," said the 6-foot, 210-pounder.
June 19, 2014 |
Delaware County got off to a fast start and held on to beat Inter-Ac Independents, 11-8, in the Carpenter Cup baseball quarterfinals Tuesday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia. Garnet Valley's Ben Faso went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He had RBIs in each of the first two innings as Delaware County opened a 9-0 lead. Seth Bower of Marple Newtown went 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Penncrest's Rob Brown earned his second win of the tournament by throwing three innings of one-hit ball.